She’s a tad strange, this one. A misfit. In a world swirling with drama and distractions, she is unaffected, standing tall (and often alone) while dangerous debris flies past: fear, doubt, foolishness. It sometimes grazes her ever so slightly but doesn’t stick. It can’t, ’cause this girl is different from others her age: Grounded, confident. Unheard of.
You might know who I’m talking about. She’s easy to spot, not because she’s flashy or flirty or even particularly striking. In fact, she hates the “all eyes on me” mentality. For her, it’s all eyes on them, the friends and strangers who need smiles or shoes or kindness. Yes, just plain ole kindness. Weird.
If you chat with her, she might respond with a blank smile or stare. This doesn’t mean she’s dumb; it just means she has no idea what movie, song, or joke you’re talking about. No offense, please. She’s not judging you for whatever you’re watching, listening to, or laughing about. But she’s chosen authenticity, matching up her faith in God with her social activities. Refreshing.
Some might call her naïve, since she’s not a partier or diva or rebel. I prefer to say she’s uncluttered and free from haunts, consequences, wasted time. This girl is smart. She knows who she is, what she wants. And when you meet her, you soon know, too: An in-love-with-Jesus child of God who honors Him wholly. Inspiring.
How does she stand up amid the world’s status quo? How is it that she’s pretty without aiming for sexy; interesting without being a gossip, and separate without feeling isolated? No easy order, for sure. But this girl, this unique stand-out, is in the world—loving others, finding purpose, having fun—without being engulfed by it. Biblical.
It’s a gutsy move, choosing God’s plan over the world’s norm. And it cannot—should not—be attempted with sheer willpower. She’s learned it has nothing to do with self and everything to do with an ever-deepening Father/daughter walk. You see, the more she knows God, the more she craves Him. The more she craves Him, the more she serves Him. And the more she serves Him, the more she looks like Him: Different, in a good way.
She’s unusual, this self-proclaimed weirdo. And refreshing. And Biblical. I sense in her the promise of God’s plan, the one with peace, joy and blessing. The one where followers do just that—follow Him with minds, hearts and feet. The one where God’s girls stretch arms to the sky in worship and bend knees in gratitude. And the world’s dark, cold winds pass them by: Beautiful daughters in this tricky world, beautifully unaffected.
“Be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe, as you hold out the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).
“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11).